With the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) “dead week” for high school workouts slated for next week, a much-anticipated statement from the GHSA on Phase Two after next week came and went without much fanfare as many expected.
In a meeting held last Thursday, the GHSA decided to not make any changes at the moment, instead deferring to a meeting to be held this week to discuss and, potentially, finalize plans starting on July 6.
Also on Thursday, the GHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Council met to discuss moving forward after the dead week and it was decided no changes will be forthcoming now but agreed to meet this week to discuss any possible changes for the week of July 6.
In the meantime, if any player or coach tests positive for COVID-19, the GHSA has asked coaches and school administrators to email Don Corr of the GHSA.
On June 22, the GHSA released a statement on some new changes, including allowing the use of sports-specific equipment (including balls) in conditioning (no scrimmaging), and increasing the number of participants in each group from 25 to 50 (two existing groups should be combined into one group) with the following requirements:
1. Sports-specific equipment (including balls) may be used and should be sanitized between sessions.
2. Existing groups may be combined into one group, up to the limit of 50 individuals.
3. Accordingly, the GHSA defined scrimmaging and instituted the following directives. It is defined as:
4. No one-on-one, No two-on-two, etc. ... in any sport.
5. No seven-on-seven in football.
6. No live batting practice that has a catcher and hitter within 6 feet of each other.
7. No conditioning/activity that does not allow for “social distancing.”
8. Remember that “social distancing” is still in place and should be strictly followed at all times, said the GHSA.